Lowering the threshold for youth

Slovakia has inherited a legacy from the communist regime: prefabricated housing estates designed for working class families, usually located in larger towns. These housing estates have become notorious for their problems with youth delinquency, high rates of unemployment and crime in general. Projects targeting crime based on repression and high police presence have proven only partially effective and very costly.

In order to address the needs of the children and young people within the context of their home communities a program was established at a local level. The project consists of the creation of low threshold youth centres, located in a specific communities, which provide a combination of interesting free time activities combined with professional social services and counselling with emphasis on crime prevention, designed with the aim to eliminate all obstacles usually preventing access of young people to necessary services. The services are fully adjusted to the specific needs of the clients and are provided free of charge.


Ms. Zuzana Behrikova, programme coordinator of the Slovak Youth Foundation, Ms. Rut Erdelyiova, Jr.,
Nadacia mladeze Slovenska, Prazska 11, 831 03 Bratislava, Slovakia


The projecrt started in 2002 and is now finished.
Last review: September 2015.


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